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Diary of a fussy eater – Packed lunch

July 1, 2015

With Tigger starting Reception class in a new school this September I’m really starting to worry about what will happen at lunchtime.

Last September the Government introduced free school meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils something which I think is a fantastic idea (and really should be rolled out until they are in Year 6) unless of course you have a fussy eater like Tigger.

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Tigger eats only two hot ‘meals’… chips and cow & gate cauliflower cheese (neither of which really stand up as a meal but hey at least he is eating) neither of which I imagine are on the schools approved menu.

As a hot dinner is out of the question Tigger will take a packed lunch every day. He currently has a packed lunch at pre-school three days a week so he is familiar with having a lunch like that. However his pre-school isn’t strict on what the lunches include and understand the issues I have with Tigger and his fussy eating so don’t comment on what I include within his packed lunch.

A new school means new rules and I’m worried that if they enforce a strict list of foods that cannot be included in his packed lunch then I will be forced to come and take him home for lunch every day (something I don’t necessarily want to do, especially with a new baby).

You see Tigger won’t eat a sandwich, it’s not just the filling he won’t eat it’s the whole idea of a sandwich. Currently, he has a hot cross bun, cocktail sausage rolls or scotch pancakes as his sandwich option. Alongside this, he has a yoghurt, a pack of raisins or a banana along with a biscuit (cookies, oreo’s or pink wafers). Whilst I know his lunch isn’t as healthy as it should be it is unfortunately things that I know he will eat.

I’m hoping that at the ‘new parents’ evening next week I am able to speak with his teacher or the management team to express my concerns and hope that it won’t be a problem.

What do you include in your little one’s lunch boxes?

  • Melanie Edjourian July 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

    My school started school meals this year but we don’t have an option for packed lunch which is a shame as my girls are so fussy they come home quite often starved.

  • Katie Jane July 1, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Ah poor Tigger. I’m sure the teachers will be able to help at the parents evening when you ask. I’m sure lots of children must have a similar problem.

    Katie x


  • Michelle Twin Mum July 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I pray that when Tigger sees all his little friends eating their school lunches he will want to try some different things and his choices might be expanded. Mich x

  • Amanda July 2, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I too have a fussy eater, and I went down the packed lunch route when she first started, as I thought challenging her in this area at the start would be too much. Then for the second year, I explained to A that she was now a big girl and needed to try new things and would be on school dinners. Yes she grumbled, and occasionally still does, but I’ve found that because her friends eat things she seems to too. One of my favourite parts of the day is when I pick her up, and ask her what she tried. I can’t believe I’m even writing that now, it seem so strange. She seems to have risen to the challenge. Fingers crossed you get the help from the school to make the transition easier for you.

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